Would you like to be free?

Feb 7, 2022

Are you one of those people who have left a regular job and set out on your own?

Or would you like to be?

Would you like to be a freelancer?

The ‘free’ in freelance is a big clue to the appeal of this way of working.

The ability to shape your own life and determine your destiny is a huge pull for many who feel they’re living life in a straight jacket of someone else’s design.

But making the leap is a huge decision.

However, if freedom is calling, you need to listen, or you’ll always regret it.

Imagine a working situation that allows you to spend each day more aligned to who you are and what you want from life, that finds you looking forward to the day ahead, that enables you to be more in control of your destiny. At best, this is what being a freelancer offers.

However, it’s not all roses. Otherwise, everyone would do it.

What are some of the ‘thorns’ of being freelance?

You’ve got to be ready to handle thorns such as these:

  • financial insecurity
  • a requirement to self-motivate no matter how tough the going gets
  • a lack of benefits or holiday pay
  • no ready-made status
  • the need to build your own network of colleagues
  • delegating, managing and leading
  • doing a large range of tasks, some way out of your comfort zone 
  • no skiving
  • making all the decisions
  • the buck stopping with you
  • setbacks and failure
  • working really long hours
  • friends and family pouring cold water on your plans

Do you have the necessary skills to grasp those thorns?

Soft skills are even more important if you’re freelance than if you’re employed.

Is freedom still calling?

If you say “yes” to all that, then it’s time to start making plans!

Getting free will be the best thing you ever did.